Portland Police Provocation at Anarchist Coffee Shop

From Nick Pell at Red Star Times.Red And Black Cafe

For those who have far better things to worry about, a recap: Recently, at a worker-owned Portland anarchist cafe, Red And Black, a police officer was asked to leave by a co-owner. A local blogger was outraged (enough so to revisit the subject), the insipid Portland hipster yuppie press picks it up and the national media has a field day yukking it up over the bizarre notion that some people don’t think cops are acceptable in polite company.

Meanwhile, no one (except Infoshop News in their roundabout, “let’s pretend we’re trying to be objective to avoid the political fight” identity politics-laden “anarchist” sort of way) asks the crucial question: Why is a police officer going into an anarchist cafe in the first place?

Full Article at Red Star Times

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  • GT

    Meanwhile, no one … asks the crucial question: Why is a police officer going into an anarchist cafe in the first place? In a word: “DONUTS”

    • emperorreagan

      Until he found out they were vegan donuts and beat the kid behind the counter for trying to turn him into a pink commie homosexual?

  • Cerebralcaustic

    Typical hypocritical gibberish from the political left.

    Ask a bricklayer, or a cook, or a lawyer, or a computer systems analyst to leave a cafe because of his or her line of work, and it's “class-based discrimination.”

    Ask a cop to leave, and it's somehow justified.

    This contradiction might seem confusing, but, thankfully, the prophets of the left warned us about their double-standards:

    “Discourses are tactical elements or blocks operating in the field of force relations; there can exist different and even contradictory discourses within the same strategy.” Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume 1, An Introduction. Translated by Robert Hurley. Random House, 1978, pp. 101-102.

    • http://twitter.com/RedStarTimes RedStarTimes

      If you're invoking Foucault as an appeal to authority on “what Marxists think” you're even dumber than you first appeared… which is pretty dumb.

      • emperorreagan

        I think this person just read one book by Stephen Hicks and probably quotes it all over the internet.

    • Tuna Ghost

      “Ask a bricklayer, or a cook, or a lawyer, or a computer systems analyst to leave a cafe because of his or her line of work, and it's 'class-based discrimination'. Ask a cop to leave, and it's somehow justified.”

      Why are we pretending that a cop is the same as a cook or bricklayer? A police officer has been authorized by the state to use violence when and where he sees it appropriate. It ultimately comes down to his choice whether or not to exercise authority on some issue or another. This is not something a cook or a lawyer can do. It's not hard to understand why someone wouldn't want that in their coffee shop.

      • A1sauce

        this event was intentional to bring to light and sugar coat the reality of brutality and now why can't we just get along. This event is a device for setting precedent for public policy.

    • sartorius

      Perhaps asking anyone to leave a privately-owned business is justified, it being the owner's prerogative.

      • Polymorpheous

        this is what got rand paul into trouble, no?

        • sartorius

          Heh. Probably. :)

  • Seriously?

    Maybe the cop wanted some coffee? In my experience pissing off cops tends to be bad.

    • Tuna Ghost

      You're right, let's never ever do it!

      You can't see it, but I'm giving you the finger right now.

      • tonyviner

        I can see it, and it is pretty amazing.

        • GT

          Listen, cops aren't 'cops'. You know what I mean, everything is FAKE these days. They basically fall into 5 catogories nowdays: 1.Roid-raging psyho, 2.sadistic pervert on a power trip, 3. Adrenaline addicted borderline retard (AABR), 4. serial killer in a cop uniform and 5. dope mafia hitman cop. That is not what I'd call 'polite company'. I reserve the right NOT to socially interact with any sack of shit who gets off on bossing me around. When I was a kid working at Fart Burger, I'd never missed an opportunity to khack a giant snot into every burger going to a cop – and that was decades ago. I can't image how much cops are really hated these days.

  • Seriously?

    Maybe the cop wanted some coffee? In my experience pissing off cops tends to be bad.

  • tonyviner

    There was a funny segment on Colbert a month-or-so ago about this guy up here that goes around flipping off cops, saying he is protected by the First Amendment. Maybe he owns the coffee shop.

    I will never agree with this mandatory, automatic, bullshit respect which we are expected to bestow upon anyone wearing any sort of a silly-ass uniform. Guess what, it goes for soldiers too. Do something worthy of my respect and you can have it. Looking for a free ride through college doesn't count. Trust me, I have been in the situation where I thought it might be a good idea, but there is no way, after weighing the pros and cons, (free education and being nothing more than a nameless cog in the imperialist machine vs. being able to live with myself and having a clean conscience) I could ultimately let myself do it. Sometimes I beat myself up for even thinking about it. If you are a cop and you do a commendable job of keeping streets safe, or whatever it is you're supposed to do, then I will shake your hand and say “Good Job.” Don't ever expect anything more.

  • A1sauce

    this event was intentional to bring to light and sugar coat the reality of brutality and now why can’t we just get along. This event is a device for setting precedent for public policy.

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